There’s a New Girl Scouts Cookie in the Mix... and It's Gluten-Free

Are Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies coming to eat Thin Mints’ lunch?

For Girl Scout Cookie lovers (and who isn’t?), this time of year marks the much-anticipated annual return of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and the rest of the time-tested classic-cookie lineup.

This year, as Girl Scout Cookie sales kick off, there’s excitement in the air over something new: the Girl Scouts’ first new cookie in two years, which also a) is certified gluten free and b) sounds delicious.

Announced last August, while many were probably too busy sipping cool drinks by the swimming pool to think too long about cookies-and-cocoa on a cold day, the Girl Scouts’ new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies feature “rich caramel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy, gluten-free cookie,” according to an official description.

Kosher, dairy and clocking in at 170 calories per three-cookie serving, the new cookies will be joined by a returning gluten-free offering, Toffee-tastic, first introduced in 2015, as well as nine other long-loved varieties: Trefoils/Shortbread, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-A-Lot, S’mores and the aforementioned, beloved (in my household, at least) Thin Mints, Samoas/Caramel deLites and Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties.

You can find a local cookie booth or learn how to order cookies on the Girl Scouts website, which notes that Girl Scout Cookie purchases help girls learn about entrepreneurship and “what it takes to be successful—teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook (for starters)” and supports organization activities and opportunities on a local level.

"Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, cookie customers help fund life-changing Girl Scout experiences while building the next generation of female entrepreneurs," Girl Scouts USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said in a press release. "And because all Girl Scout Cookie proceeds stay local to power year-round troop projects and activities, when you buy Girl Scout Cookies you are making an investment in girls and in your local community."

Plus, cookies.

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